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Optimistic O'Brien opens Penn St spring practice

Updated: March 18, 2013, 8:52 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- If putting a football team together is like a puzzle, Penn State doesn't seem to have all the pieces right now.

Not by its own choosing, of course. Scholarship reductions were imposed by the NCAA as part of sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. By 2014, the Nittany Lions roster can't have more than 65 scholarship players -- or roughly 20 fewer than the typical allotment.

The delicate, long-term process of finding quality newcomers to fill ...

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